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post #1 of 7 Old 06-05-2011, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Tear me apart, please

Let me just start by saying that Fry is NOT my horse, so please don't critique him. I'm super lucky to be able to ride a horse like him in my lessons, but I have no control over his training or anything of that sort so...yeah.

I had a really good lesson with him on Friday. I wasn't riding with my normal trainer and it was our first lesson outside for the year but it was nice. We worked on feeling diagonals vs. looking [I'm horrible about it haha], and feeling the rhythm to look for a distance [unfortunately these clips were before we did an exercise that really helped me out with finding distances].

I have this bad habit of sitting super far back on my seat bones, which I've been trying to correct. I also tend to let my shoulders get behind my hips for the last few strides before the jump, which I'm getting better about. But..yeah. Thoughts?

[oh, and my glasses kept wanting to slide off my face, so if you see me take a hand off the reins I was probably fixing that]

Here's a few screen shots in case you don't want to watch the videos

And a clip from a couple weeks ago, if you want to critique that as well

JUST FOR COMPARISON...here was my first lesson on Frenchie. It's taken some time for me to figure out how to ride him, lol
I know, it was bad. I think I was letting his reputation/history get to me and I started expecting/allowing refusals.

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-05-2011, 02:43 PM
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At first I was going to say your stirups were too short but i think they are fine for jumping. I think you have a pretty solid seat and your legs are pretty firm however you have a bit of a chair seat. My other nit-pick is the shoulders. Sometimes you round them. Other than that I think you look great!

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-05-2011, 03:10 PM
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Your arms/hands are much too high for english riding. There should be a straight line from bit to hand to elbow. Here, you have a "saddleseat arm". Lower and widen.

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post #4 of 7 Old 06-05-2011, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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hah in the second picture I was adjusting my reins, so that's not where I usually ride with them. But I have been told that my hands are a little too high...I used to drop my hands/body at the base of fences so I guess I've over corrected. Yeah, I have terrible posture :p I should really work on that.

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post #5 of 7 Old 06-06-2011, 12:15 AM
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Have you considered dressage? You have a very natural seat.

I do agree sometimes your leg does come out infront of you and your shoulders round. Think like a tree, the roots grow deep into the ground and the trunk grows very straight and tall.

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post #6 of 7 Old 06-06-2011, 11:42 AM
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I don't have my stirrups that short for jumping, because my leg does exactly the same as yours if it is too short. Lengthen them a hole maybe because your leg does not look natural, and it seems you have to push your lower leg back and down in order to get your heel down too. If that makes sense. Actually, in the videos it looks better. It might just look awkward in the photos haha. Also, your toes point a bit too far out for my liking, work on pushing them straight, but slightly turned out :)
Your seat is lovely though, but like people have said before me you round your shoulder a little bit. Sit tall!

This is how I personally like to see someones position, people will probably disagree with me about some bits, haha.
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I'd love to try dressage some day, but the barn I'm currently at doesn't offer it. It is on my bucket list of things to do. When I first started riding with my current trainer, she was convinced that I'd started off at a dressage barn because of my position. :P

It's funny...I've been told that I ride very upright with a deep seat, and I don't know why. I've ridden at this hunter/jumper barn for my entire riding career, and none of my instructors have taught it that way [they've all been hunter riders or haven't ridden at all]. *shrug* I attribute it to the fact that I spent about 6-7 months doing nothing more than cantering around without stirrups.

My shoulders are round all the time, not just when I'm riding. I really do plan to work on it, haha.

Thanks, everyone :)

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